Archive for the ‘reputation’ Category

Israel Seriously Injured Itself During Gaza: “Is this the Israel you want to be?”

January 14, 2009

“Your action is brutal and you don’t realize how much damage this is causing you in the world. This is not only short term. It’s damage for years. Is this the Israel you want to be?”

That quote is from an Ambassador to Israel from a nation in Europe.

The blood letting in Gaza has been horrific to watch.  And anti-Israel groups across the globe have responded with massive protests that have highlighted the Israeli brutality and apparent wanton killing of civilians and children.

And Hamas has been calling the shots: keeping Israel at its deadly work for days by lobbing one rocket at a time into Israel.

Most Hamas rockets landed harmlessly in Israel.

But the Lion was provoked and felt justified in continuing the carnage of the Palestinian people.

Now Hamas continues to control the game.  It is Hamas who has world opinion on its side and can decide when and how to end the conflict for the most part….

Unless Israel kills Hamas off, as Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu suggests.

But this will mean more days of bloodshed and ugly media reports.

Isreal, many will say, has lost this media war — just as many claimed Israel lost the fight against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It seems now that Hamas will survive, while Iran and others in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan and elsewhere will be emboldened.

And the new President-elect in Washington DC has his first lesson in Israeli relations.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Gaza Operation Caused Long Term Harm To Israel’s Reputation

 Unable To Stop Hamas Arms, Some Israelis Say “End Hamas”
Red Cross says Gaza humanitarian situation ’shocking’

Gaza Death Toll Over 1,000

“The effect of war is more dangerous than war… sowing seeds of extremism and terror around the region,” Syrian President Assad said in an exclusive BBC interview.

Time Magazine reported on the media implications of Gaza:
“…the press has once again found itself caught in a different kind of cross fire: the propaganda battle, across all media platforms, between Israel and Hamas (and the supporters of each) for international sympathy. ”,859


Obama’s Peace of Mind: Rick Warren and a Holy Host of Others Still Compete to Ruin It

December 31, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s many well intentioned friends could still, at just about any time, ruin his day.

Such is the fun and the tragedy of American Politics.

Rick Warren still has a prayer to deliver in behalf of President Obama on his Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

(This essay was written before the Inaguration.  To read Rick’s Inauguration Day prayer go to:
 Rick Warren Inaugural Prayer Transcript)

We pray that Pastor Warren is reserved and cautious, but that is not his way.

Rick Warren has, at times, been the Rod Blagojevich of the ministerial tribe.

“Jesus Christ what a bad selection for the prayer,” one pundit said to us.  “What will gays say?  I thought Rick didn’t have a prayer with Obama.”

Well, gays have spoken and they are offended.

And if Rick Warren does “have a prayer” and uses the name of Jesus Christ in his invovation others will be offended too.

In fact, there is already a lawsuit to remove the words, “So help me God” from the presidential oath of office.

Then there is Blago himself and respected Democratic U.S. House of Representatives member Bobby Rush of Chicago.

By turning the Illinois U.S. Senate Seat once held by Mr. Obama into a race-reserved monolith in the Senate, all involved seem to be seeking shame and not repentance.

Then we have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid,  Rahm Emanuel and a host of other infighters on Mr. Obama’s “side.”

Let’s hope Barack Obama isn’t swallowed by the axiom, “When you are doing this well, you can only go down….”

This year 2009 should be terrific!  Even before Barack gets “help” from Medvedev, Putin, Ahmadinejad, etc……

President-elect Barack Obama asks members of the public sitting ... 
What? Me worry? Obama truies to hush critics… and supporters! President-elect Barack Obama asks members of the public sitting on a wall to silence their cheers for him as his golf partners play the 18th hole at a private course in Kailua, Hawaii Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 Obama’s Other Choices After Rick Warren for Prayer
Obama’s Rick Warren Pick: Glib, Callous, Conscious


By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

President-elect Barack Obama‘s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another. At George W. Bush‘s 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Christ. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event offended some, and even prompted a lawsuit.

Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, “I’m a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray.”

“Prayers are not to be sermons, speeches, position statements nor political posturing. They are humble, personal appeals to God,” Warren wrote. His spokesman would not elaborate.

Evangelicals generally expect their clergymen to use Jesus’ name whenever and wherever they lead prayer. Many conservative Christians say cultural sensitivity goes way too far if it requires religious leaders to hide their beliefs.

“If Rick Warren does not pray in Jesus’ name, some folks are going to be very disappointed,” Caldwell said in a recent phone interview. “Since he’s evangelical, his own tribe, if you will, will have some angst if he does not do that.”

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From Fox News
The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between “believers” and “those who don’t believe” and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else’s religious beliefs.

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration. 

The 34-page legal complaint similarly seeks to enjoin Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., from adding the phrase “So help me God” to the presidential oath of office.

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Why? Gaza Force Indicates an Israel Intent to Regain Reputation of Strength

December 31, 2008

Israel’s deadly response on Hamas and an already beleaguered Gaza Strip is increasingly looking like retaliation for the unexpected resistance campaign headed by Hezbollah in 2006 and less like a strategic counterattack against Hamas militants. The timing of the attack, when U.S. President George Bush is leaving office, the global economy is in crisis, and many in the Western world are celebrating the new year, suggests that Israel waited to choose an ideal time to wage this unforgiving show of strength.

By Vivian Salama
The Washington Post 

It can be suggested that the build-up to this crisis in the Middle East began in 1967, when Israel earned itself a reputation – regionally and globally – as a military power to be reckoned with. In just six days, Israeli Defense Forces advanced to the edge of the Suez Canal, and in one foul swoop, gained control of Gaza, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, and the whole of Jerusalem.

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